Artist, philosopher and scientist. Betty Block embodies all three with ease. Whether she’s performing dance at the Kennedy Center, studying the minutia of human movement or showcasing the talents of disabled performers, Block has one question in mind: what does it mean to be human? At A&M-Commerce, she continues to chase that question with a practice that is profound and focused on the betterment of her community.
A Conversation with Dr. Block
What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?
“Come join our Pride! There is so much to love about A&M Commerce. We are large enough to have attracted top-quality professors from around the world who actually teach your classes. We are small enough to know your name, and you will be big enough to take leadership positions if you want them! Most importantly, we have your back. Our Pride is strong. Come be part of us.”
What makes you passionate about your discipline?
“I am intrigued by the interconnected nature of humans – the mind, body, and spirit embodied in the world of other embodied souls. The field of Kinesiology and all of her subdisciplines provide me with the opportunity to study every part of what it means to be human.”
Tell us about an academic project you are working on or recently completed.
“Researching with undergraduate students is something that energizes me. I recently completed a study with an honors student and a colleague where we used dance therapy to build coalitions between diverse groups of students. My choreography students then transformed the stories of the students who participated in the study into a dance production. The stories were sophisticated and the choreography was compelling. I am very proud of the work they did.”
- Ed.D., Physical Education and Recreation, East Texas State University, 1989
- MS, Physical Education, ETSU, 1978
- BS, Elementary Education with Physical Education Specialization, ETSU, 1976
- Professor, Health and Human Performance, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2011-present
- Interim Department Head, Educational Leadership, TAMUC, 2018
- Associate Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, TAMUC, 2014–2016
Awards and Honors
- Texas A&M System Regents Professor, 2020
- Outstanding Department Head Award, 2013-2014
- A&M System Excellence in Teaching Award, 2011
- Presidential Award, National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education
- Presidential Citation, National Dance Association
- Relational Cultural Theory
- Dance Therapy
- American Dance Therapy Association
- National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education
- Council of Graduate Schools
- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance